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I'm a lifelong sports fan, travel addict, and naturalized Bostonian with a weakness for European soccer. I delved into journalism in 2008, went to my first major tournament in 2012 (the Euro), and now am working as a freelance columnist and Per Mertesacker impersonator.
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And some had called me crazy...
Wow, you're absolutely right about Ronaldo being stubborn! The whole twisted RM system may be largely because of him. He doesn't seem to be happy in RM either and may not renew his contract and I wonder if that's the reason why RM is trying so hard to get Bale this summer coz if they want to sell CR7, it better be as soon as possible to avoid further losses (his contract ends 2015).
Well that's just what I am afraid of the most since I doubt RM would drop Ronaldo anytime soon for reasons more than tactical.
Thanks for responding and everything!
I'm more inclined to think Ronaldo is stubborn and Mourinho is not stupid than the alternative.
Yes it is very true that RM attack runs thru Ronaldo more than Özil and the two wingers probably dribble too much than the optimum level.
I guess my ultimate question is, is this what Mourinho has intended?
If yes, then I can really look forward to Özil and RM's performance next season as long as the new coach is tactically more advanced than Mourinho (which is not very hard under this premise).
It's partly tactical, partly due to the personnel. Tactical aspect: the RM attack runs through Ronaldo, not Özil, which is nonsensical given that Ronaldo is a poor playmaker and can't shift the play in either direction given his position on the wing.
Personnel aspect: The only RM attackers with a good concept of movement and playmaking are Özil and Benzema. Di Maria and Ronaldo are individually talented but they prefer dribbling through defenses rather than playing 1-2s and making runs for Özil to find them. This works against poor teams, but it fails against the best.
It is hard to write long messages on Twitter so...
About Özil, I totally agree that RM would do much better if more plays runs through Özil. It always puzzles me why Mourinho doesn't utilize Özil's full skillset. Maybe he doesn't like to (style) or he is incapable of, or it simply takes more than quality to be RM's attacking commander.
1. Mou doesn't want to:
(i) maybe he thinks that CR7 and ADM can create more threats by dribbling and cutting inside. Well, this season ADM has been dreadful and CR7's not tracking back has taken the toll on the team.
(ii) maybe he prefers a deeper lying playmaker who can play the central part in 433, thus Modric is brought in this season. In the last month, Özil was pushed out wide in all the important games.
2. Mou is not capable of playing a more dynamic style of football. (I'm a bit biased against Mou in this account so better not get into that.)
3. RM's attacking commander requires more than just talent. The ball does not go to who can handle it best but who people want to see most.
If 1 is true, then the biggest problem the new coach faces is how to persuade CR7 to sacrifice for the team. It should not be too hard if CR7 realizes he cannot play like that forever as his biological clock is ticking.
If 2 is true, then a good coach should be able to fix it. (Ancelotti would do great)
If 3 is true, then no coach in the world can make Özil the real "core" of RM's attacking squad since he'll never be the glamour boy like CR7 or Spanish legend San Iker.
What do you think, Per?
I do, and was a few blocks away from the explosions when they occurred, but am fine. Thanks for your concern.
Regarding Gomez: I think this will be his last season at Bayern. In the previous two seasons he did everything to deserve more playing time this year, but was horribly mistreated. It began when Hoeneß said that if Gomez were a great striker, Bayern would have won the Champions League. It continued when Heynckes perpetually benched him.
Do you live in Boston? What happened was terrible.... Hope you and your family/friends are all OK...
Hey Clark, wonder how you think of Mario Gomez's future in Bayern. Mandzukic seems to have become JH's first choice CL striker and he has done a brilliant job nullifying Andrea Pirlo in the two legs against Juventus. I thought Gomez might finnally have his chance since Mandzukic will be suspended but the fact that JH let Claudio Pizarro on in the last few minutes in Turin made things just a bit more obscure...